On Sunday, February 3rd, it will once again be that time of year – time for the Super Bowl. When two teams come together in the biggest football game of the year to face off and see who will be crowned the Super Bowl champ. And if your family is like ours, that of course calls for a party. We all have to get together, watch the game, rate the commercials and of course eat some amazing food! And this year I wanted to have a little something sweet that would be special for both the adults and the kiddos. So, after finding a little inspiration from my friend A Helicopter Mom and her fabulous iced cookies, I went to work making hand iced football cookies that are just about as exciting as the game itself! If you’re throwing a Super Bowl Party (or even if you’re just watching it alone), get ready to cheer for your favorite team and fill your belly with these amazing cookies!
Hand Iced Football Cookies
What You Will Need
For the Cookies
6 Cups of Flour
2 Cups of Sugar
2 Cups of Unsalted Butter (4 sticks)
3 Tablespoons of Baking Powder
2 to 3 Tablespoons of Vanilla Extract (to taste)
Football Shaped Cookie Cutter
For the Icing
2 Cups of Confectioners Sugar
3 Tablespoons of Milk
2 Tablespoons of Karo Light Corn Syrup
Brown Food Coloring
Icing Bag and Tip
How to Make It
Start by making your dough. The first step to do this is to cream together your softened butter and sugar until it is fluffy.
Next, mix in your eggs and vanilla extract. Once that is evenly mixed together, slowly mix in your baking powder and flour – adding a little at a time to keep you dough from getting lumpy. Once your dough is mixed well, cover it and place it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes – just long enough to let it set without getting hard.
Once your dough is ready, spread some flour over your counter (this will keep the dough from sticking to your counter tops). Pull out a ball of your dough, dust flour over the top of it and then using a rolling pin, roll it out to the desired thickness. Then, using your football cookie cutter, cut out football shapes.
Lay your cut out football cookies on an ungreased baking pan – arranging them so that they do not touch.
Bake your cookies on 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until they are light golden brown. Once they are done, allow them to cool slightly and then place them on a cooling tray or on aluminum foil on your counter.
While your cookies are cooling, mix up your icing. To do this mix together your confectioners sugar, 2 tablespoons of milk, 2 tablespoons of Karo syrup and 2 drops of lemon juice. Mix well to get the right consistency. You want your icing to be thick but not to be lumpy. You can add a little more milk if you need it. Pull out about 3 tablespoons of the mixture and set it aside. Then mix in your brown food coloring to the remainder until you reach the desired color.
Fill your tipped icing bag with the thick icing and use it to pipe a thin line around the outside of your cooled cookies.
This will serve as the border for your icing and will help keep the inner filling in. Once your outer line is dry, you’re ready to fill in your cookies. Go back to your icing and add half a tablespoon of milk to make your remaining icing thinner. Then using an icing bag or spoon, “flood” the center of your cookies with your thinner icing. Make sure you don’t use too much as it will overflow. You just want to use enough to fill your cookie well.
The icing will spread some on it’s own and then you can use a toothpick to coax it into the corners and spread it to cover the entire space. Try and pop any air bubbles in the icing as well while you are at it.
Once your cookies are completely filled, sit them aside and let the icing harden. You are now ready to pipe on your details. Put the white icing that you pulled out earlier into an icing bag with a small tip attached. Then pipe on the curved lines at each end and the laces in the middle of your footballs.
After you’ve added your piping to all your cookies, allow them to dry and you are finished! You’ll end up with super cute football cookies that everybody is sure to love!
Now pull out the jerseys, get ready to cheer and enjoy your cookies as much as the game!
Tell me, who are you cheering for it this year’s Super Bowl?